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UNV Regional Websites

UNV works in 150 countries and territories, deploying UN Volunteers to advance sustainable development at grassroots level. Explore our work in the different regions of the world.

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East and Southern Africa
East and Southern Africa
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West and Central Africa
West and Central Africa
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Arab States
Arab States
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Europe and the CIS
Europe and the CIS
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Latin America
Latin America and the Caribbean
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Asia and the Pacific
Asia and the Pacific

Estimating the scale and magnitude of volunteering worldwide

Background Paper 1 - Estimating the Scope and Magnitude of Volunteerism Worldwide with National Data is one of several working papers commissioned by the UNV to inform the 2011 State of the World’s Volunteering Report . This paper is currently being upated for the SWVR 2018.

The purpose of the paper was to:
  • Identify, review and compare existing data on formal and informal voluntary activity at national level, paying specific attention to the results from key international surveys;
  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of available data sources on volunteering worldwide;
  • Discuss volunteerism measurements issues and suggest accurate and valid volunteerism indices for future use.